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Guide to 2018 Texas Midterm Elections

“If you don’t vote, you lose the right to complain.” – Anonymous

The  2018 Midterm Elections are less than two months away and the results of this election determine the political direction of this country. Our power lies within our votes, which is why we have to make sure that we are using our power for the right people!  Be sure to show up at the polls on November 6, 2018 to cast your vote for the person you believe will point this country in the right direction. Still need help deciding who to vote for? Check out the comparison table of the candidates by popular issues for U.S. Senate and Governor of Texas.

Guide to 2018 Texas Midterm Elections

Texas U. S. Senator Candidates on Popular Issues 

Ted Cruz (Republican)Beto O'Rourke (Democrat)Neal M. Dikeman (Liberal)
AbortionPro-LifePro-ChoicePro-Choice
Gay MarriageOpposes gay marriage and believes the Supreme Court gay rights ruling undermines the constitutionSupports gay marriage. Believes marriage equality is a core civil rights issue.Believes the government should not restrict marriage to only some citizens.
Gun ControlDoes not support gun-control legislationSupports gun-control legislationDoes not support gun-control legislation
ImmigrationSupports the Mexican border wall and is against the DACA Program & DREAMersSupports the DREAM Act and comprehensive reform. Supports improving immigration and clearly defined pathways for immigration and for citizenship
EconomySupports lowering corporate taxes to promote economic growthSupports lowering corporate taxes and using federal spending to promote economic growthSupports zero-based budgeting on all spending, including defense and non- discretionary, and two-year budgets
Health CareSupports repealing Obamacare's Affordable Care ActSupports upholding Obamacare's Affordable Care ActDesires a free-market "million-payer" based healthcare system.
Tax ReformSupports eliminating payroll tax, death tax, business tax, and abolishing the IRS. Wants to adopt a single-rate tax system.Believes that the GOP tax plan helps rich & hurts middle classSupports simplifying and lowering overall and marginal tax rates
TradeSupports free trade and wants to end the Export-Import BankPromote trade that is fair to workers in Texas and across the country.Supports free trade and wants to ensure that America maintains a balanced budget so that we are not financially captive to other countries
MarijuanaSupports the states' right to legalize marijuanaSupports the legalization of marijuanaUnknown, but desires to end the failed drug war.

Texas Governor Candidates on Popular Issues 

Greg Abbott (Republican)Lupe Valdez (Democrat)Mark Jay Tippetts (Liberal)
AbortionPro-LifePro-ChoicePro-Choice
Gay MarriageSupports limiting gay marriage and believes employee benefits to same-sex couples should be abolishedAs a part of the LGBTQ community herself, Lupe highly supports gay marriage rightsSupports gay rights
Gun ControlSupports the right to bear armsSupports the right to bear arms but desires a stricter background check for gun salesSupports the right to bear arms
ImmigrationDesires to improve the immigration system and supports tight border controlSupports
a "happy medium" in regards to immigration
Opposed the Mexican border wall
EconomyBelieves that we need a constitutional amendment that limits the growth of the state budget to population growth plus inflationDesires to increase the minimum wage in Texas to $12-$15 an hourSupports free market sustainability and believes that the government should not take your tax money to grow the economy because that is unfair and unsustainable
Health CareOpposes Obamacare. Supports governors having power over health insurance plans, which means loss of coverage and increasing costs for states with governors that oppose healthcare expansionDesires to expand access to critical healthcare in rural communities and to accept the $9 billion dollar Medicaid expansion.Believes that government should neither provide, control, nor require health care.
Tax ReformSupports tax relief and lowering property taxesDoes not support state income taxes, but is open to raising taxes if necessaryAdvocates the reduction of taxation to the lowest feasible level
MarijuanaSupports decriminalizing marijuanaSupports legalizing marijuanaSupports marijuana liberation and believes that imprisoning people for marijuana has resulted in a diversion of law enforcement resources
TradeSupports NAFTA and opposed Trump's trade policyUnknown, but supports a competitive global economySupports eliminating barriers to free market construction

For additional positions and candidates on the ballot for your local elections, visit the Texas Secretary of State Ballot Report and choose your city.

For more information on registering to vote in any state, visit USA.gov/register-to-vote.

For more information on where to vote in any state, visit USA.gov/election-day.

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